There is no Mac nVidia web driver support for the Pascal series of cards, yet.
Early indication (developer previews) points to support after Apple releases MacOS "Sierra".
Sierra will only run on the 4,1 - 5,1 cMP. c = "classic". 2010, 2012 models.
On the 'current' MacPro you will have to overcome some technical challenges to enable it via eGPU. If its just for "compute" - speed up render times - then TB2 should suffice.
p.s The Titan Xp - USD $1200 at launch - is basically the same, with half the ram.
A paltry 12gb ;-)
This sort of comes down to FCPX vs um, quite a *few* other choices.
"Under the hood" its AMD gpu acceleration vs nVidia. Or OpenCL vs CUDA. (not going to get into which is 'better', another conversation, another day ;-)
If the nMP had nVidia (CUDA) cards as an option it'd be a MUCH easier sell.
Going deeper "under the hood"...
On the "HEDT" price/performance thingy, here's a handy comparison chart:http://ark.intel.com/compare/63696,64620,70845,77780,75780,75781,77912,8...
See the trend.
Take any of the CPU model numbers, "4930k"etc go to "geekbench" and compare the multicore scores vs the $$.
Ideally you want BOTH fast single core speed, AND good multicore speed -
single core for all your wireframing/print apps, multicore for AE etc (one of the few prosumer apps that scales well).
Put another way, you can buy three workstations with faster e-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g for one 12 core nMP.
Don't hate me. I'm on Apple's side, (have been for 25 years) I just want to see them compete better. Or just have broader relevance. Like:https://browser.primatelabs.com/geekbench3/search?dir=desc&q=6950x&sort=...
Apple don't publish stats of the Macs they DIDN'T sell. ;-)
It's mostly anecdotal from those of us that have been around for a while, and go from job to job with different 'content producers' (sorry, just a broad term for all Video, 3D, ArchiVis: anything that needs real cpu/gpu grunt).
We have seen a clear trend in studios jumping ship. Its NOT something we actually want, we prefer the Mac OS hands down.
And that's the thrust of this article: how to get CUDA (nVidia) acceleration for the Adobe suite, INTO/ONTO a Mac - today.
You can pick up a used "Maxwell" class nVidia card (just the gpu card, not the Tbolt box you have to modify) for about $300 AUD that will that will boost the Adobe Suite's performance beyond FCPX. And a few others CUDA dependant tools like "Octane". - Not bashing FCPX, fine product. But. If your workflow is Premiere/After Effects, you're hobbled on most post 2013 Macs, as Apple have progressively used AMD (Open CL). cards.https://support.apple.com/en-au/HT202239
nVidia don't do so well on OpenCL, as the above "shoot outs" show.
In essence: "how do I get an nVidia card 'seen' by my mac to speed up Premiere etc", is what *this* article is about.
Technically, yes. Fiddly though. Depending on which OS (Yosemite, El Cap - Apple changed the 'guts' in relation to gpu support, knock on to what works and how) and which (external) gpu you use and/or supported drivers by either nVidia or AMD, and how to disable the onboard "igpu".
Your best bet, to steer you through the maze above, is "Netkas" - the original architect of the script that is in wide circulation.
I don't have a vendetta against TI (Tech Inferno). I'm trying to save you some heartache.
One of the main TI guys 'appropriated' the script written by Netkas, and has been trying to fob it off as his own. So what? "If it works, what do I care?". The script they 'borrowed' (copy and pasted) was a few OS/gpu driver generations ago, and it has LOTS of issues now (TI don't understand the Apple OS 'architecture' enough to fix it, to work with all the OS updates since). So your best bet is to go to the source - Netkas - for 100% stability. p.s Netkas wrote "FakeSMC", which you may recall from your Hackintosh days?
I have no affiliation with ANY of the above, just went down the eGPU/Mac rabbit hole myself a while back.
Google "R9 280X and BruceX".
You may be pleasantly surprised ;-)
Great article Charles.
Please don't think I'm being a d1ck, but have been down this road for my clients too, have some runs on the Mac/gpu/eGPU board, and have posted some comments clarifying some queries below. (not touting, just sharing insights).
Yes, I'm a STAUNCH Mac fan, and believe cuda gpu should be available on the Mac platform. (eGPU, hackT etc).
p.s Hackintosh is non trivial to get right, but once you do... well you know you've taken the red pill.